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Salvation Army bell ringer Tabitha Klingman rings a bell as she accepts Red Kettle donations on Dec. 19, 2016, at Kroger on College Avenue, Normal.

DAVID PROEBER, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO

BLOOMINGTON — The extreme cold and icy conditions have taken their toll on Red Kettle giving during the past several days so The Salvation Army of McLean County hopes for an uptick in donations during the last five days of bell ringing.

"The cold and icy weather last week and this weekend has really taken a toll on the kettle totals," corps Capt. Paul James said Monday. "We need to have some big days at the kettles and have faith that the community will step up to help."

The Salvation Army reported Monday that $306,853.02 had been raised since the Make A Difference Campaign began Nov. 16. That's 63 percent of the campaign goal of $490,000.

The Make A Difference Campaign includes money dropped into the Red Kettles at 23 stores throughout Bloomington-Normal and money raised through the mail appeal and other donations.

The Red Kettle goal is $240,000, and $190,211.10 has been raised. The goal for the mail appeal and other donations is $250,000, and $126,641.92 had been raised as of Monday.

Despite the weather, $12,873.79 was collected in the kettles on Friday, meaning that an anonymous donor will make good on a pledge to match Friday donations up to $10,000.

In addition to dropping money into Red Kettles, people may mail checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3186, Bloomington, IL 61702-3186; donate online at www.sabloomington.org; or sign up to be a volunteer bell ringer at www.ringbells.org or at 309-829-9476, ext. 204.

Money from the campaign supports Salvation Army programs, including the food pantry, comprehensive emergency assistance, the Safe Harbor homeless shelter and youth programs.

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